Articles about color are a successful story on the blog and it seems that similar color palettes might add quite a bit to this success. Today we are back with 12 examples of beautiful tone-on-tone palettes. This look has one of the most simple recipes: one main color is used and mixed with graded hues within the same color family. As we already pointed out, the trick is to stay just within one hue and make it a story with less contrast possible.
It might sound like an easy way to reduce a styling to only one color, but it is not as plain, as it sounds.
Thinking about influential interior styles, a monochrome color scheme probably sounds a little one-sided but it can create seemingly infinite possibilities when deliberately used as a stylistic device.
We will show you three color blocks today:
1//WHITE & GRAY SHADES
2// CREAM & SAND SHADES
2// COSMETIC SHADES
Photography: Siren Lauvdal | Styling :
3// MOODY SHADES
Styling: Camilla Krishnaswamy for Alcro
By using one color only, a tone-on-tone styling directs the attention to the structure and form of the objects and liberates the eye of distracting things – it works like a tour guide, stimulates emotions and illustrates the importance of the depicted products and objects. By executing this idea, you can see that the eye is focused on the effect of the forms, structures, highlights and shadows.
What reads like a proposal for tone on tone stylings, only points out how complex the leitmotif can be: it can create a vision of minimalism, a simple reduction to the most important elements – or it can create a vision of plenty, when charged with the symbolic meaning of the colors used.
Concentrating on one color alone is one of the easiest ways to visually unite things but with the most effective power and it sure underlines the success and the versatility of this discipline. We are pretty sure to discover more tone-on-tone stylings in the future and can’t wait for the proposals of all the designers at The Salone in Milan.